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Where is that elusive fountain of youth? It seems that most people I talk to are looking for that fountain in a bottle that promises to erase fine lines and wrinkles. They want something they can apply to their skin and then watch the fine lines and wrinkles vanish before their eyes.
I must admit, I have done my fair share of running after the latest and greatest product that promised to give me the skin that I desperately wanted! I can tell you that I wasted a lot of money on those empty promises.
Healthy skin is a lifestyle which begins with nourishing your skin from the inside out. I realized that when I stopped fighting against my body and learned to work with it, I began to see true results. I developed a lifestyle that gave my body what it needed and my body responded by giving me what I wanted – healthier, more beautiful skin!
When we focus on giving our bodies what they need, the response is health, vitality and beauty. Let’s take a step back and look at what happens on the cellular level. At the most basic level, each cell of our body needs nutrients and the ability to rid itself of waste.
The cell wall is made up of a semi-permeable, lipid-protein bi-layer. Keeping the cell wall healthy is what will allow the nutrients in and allow waste to be eliminated.
Your skin tends to be a direct reflection of what is going on inside of your body. How do we get that healthy, glowing skin? By taking care of our cells.
I have 5 simple, dietary tips that I have found critical in bringing back that youthful appearance:
- Consume high quality, raw healthy fats. Great sources of these healthy fats are avocado, chia seeds and coconut.
- Consume high quality protein. When determining what protein to eat, it is equally important to pay attention to the method of cooking. Charred meat and fish, among other foods, contain AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-Products) that accelerates the aging process. In fact, grilling, broiling, roasting, searing and frying create new AGE formation in the foods you eat.
- Keep yourself hydrated. It is recommended to drink ½ your weight in ounces every day. Keeping yourself hydrated helps your body rid itself of those nasty toxins that accelerate your aging.
- Eat lots of non-starchy vegetables. Again, pay attention to the method of cooking to benefit from all the goodness found in your veggies!
- Maintain your gut health. Your gut is critically important when designing your anti-aging lifestyle as this is principally where nutrient absorption and waste elimination takes place. To function optimally, ensure that you consume plenty of fiber, maintain healthy gut flora (probiotics) and digestive enzymes.
After making the adjustments to my diet, I focused on whether my skincare regimen was helping or hurting me. I was appalled to find out that most products on the market contain carcinogenic chemicals! How could those products ever enhance my skin in the long term?
I also realized that I was spending considerable amounts of money for products that came with empty promises and detrimental side effects. I definitely do not want to be a pawn in the game the beauty industry is playing with my health.
It takes about 26 seconds for a product that is applied to your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream! Take a peek at the ingredient list and see if you would want to consume any of them. My guess is no!
In my quest for the best skincare, I developed a simple regimen:
- Use organic, non-fractionated coconut oil as a skin lotion. Coconut oil is so versatile that it can also be used as a hair conditioner and make-up remover!
- Essential oils are magnificent for skin care. I apply Rose Hip Seed Oil as it is a skin regenerator; Cucumber Seed Oil is high in anti-oxidants; Geranium and Lavender are soothing to the skin. I love Wisdom of the Earth Oils as I believe they are of the highest quality you can get on the market. If you are interested in purchasing them as set, I can put a package together for you.
- Protect your skin from the sun by using hats, and oils that provide sun protection, such as Carrot Seed Oil.
- Get plenty of sleep. When we sleep, our bodies rejuvenate and repair. Giving yourself short shrift on sleep will show in the loss of radiance and quality of your skin, as well as your overall health.
Here’s to developing some healthy new habits and nourishing your skin from the inside as well as on the outside!